President Defies Defense Of Marriage Act

02.24.11 | Sarah Harnisch

  There was major blow to traditional marriage Wednesday, when Obama's team announced it had ordered the Justice Department to stop preserving the Defense of Marriage Act.   Congress was told the administration can no longer defend the federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. "The President's position on the Defense of Marriage Act is consistant, he has long opposed it as unncessessary and unfair," a spokesman said.
  The Family Life news team did some investigating and found that Obama, as a Christian, believes gay marriage is wrong. But as president, his team said quote, "Obama felt his personal beliefs could not interfere with American rights." Obama said he struggled with the decision for the past 2 years.
  The Reverend Anthony Evans is President of the National Black Church Initiative. He says this could hurt Obama's chances of getting the vote of the faithful-- for the presidency in 2012. He said "he's offended the teachings of the church. So I think we need to think about and re-assess whether or not we should urge all of our members, come 2012, whether he is the best choice for America." Analysts say justices will still likely uphold the law until it is officially overturned in a federal court, or until Congress changes the law.